by Phillip G. Goff, GGFA Director of Genetic Genealogy

In 1873 in Milledgeville, GA, USA, a dispute between neighbors led to gunfire. In the aftermath, a 62-year-old Goff female was left critically injured. The news went viral, in an 18th century kind of way.

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The shooting victim’s father-in-law, Asa Goff b. ca. 1785 SC, appears to be part of the Goff family of Edgefield Co., SC. Ironically, the aftermath of an 1857 murder in Texas revealed the structure of this early South Carolina Goff family, as described in the Spring 2016 (pp. 56 – 62) GGFA newsletter. As of 2022, the Y-chromosome haplogroup of the Edgefield Co., SC Goff family has not yet been confirmed. Male line descendants of the Goff family of Edgefield Co., SC are encouraged to do a YDNA test.

Phillip Goff is the co-author, along with Roy L. Lockhart, of The Four Goff Brothers of Western Virginia. Since 2004, he has run the Goff/Gough Surname DNA Study, which today has about 400 participants.

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